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Published on : Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The Turkish government yesterday extended upcoming public holidays to 10 days for boosting the tourism sector which has been hit by a slump in foreign visitors in recent times. The Turkish cabinet agreed at a meeting chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for extending the holiday to full 10 days, Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman Bekir Bozdag announced.
The authorities are greatly looking forward to boost tourism in Turkey, a sector key to the economy that accounts for five percent of GDP and slumped due to the failed coup and terror attacks in 2016. One way for that is encouraging domestic tourism, even as foreign tourists are staying away from visiting Turkey. In 2016, tourism revenue fell almost 30 percent. However, the number of foreign visitors to Turkey increased 14 percent in the first six months of this year.
The long holiday means that Turks will be able to take trips from Saturday, August 26 and only return to their offices on Tuesday, September 5.